These winners emerged from a competitive pool of over 150 nominated artists hailing from more than 30 countries across Africa, South America, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and Europe. Notable countries included Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Comoros, DRC, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Ghana, among others.
President Kagame praised the Trace Awards as a platform for artistic expression, describing it as a valuable gift to society. He emphasized that the arts and creativity provide people with a home where they can freely express themselves, regardless of their origins. He extended the idea that Rwanda could be considered a "home away from home."
The Trace Awards 2023 coincided with the 20th anniversary of the global music influencer, Trace, and attracted celebrities from around the world, including Davido, Diamond Platnmuz, and Rema.
The event also provided a stage for both local and international artists to showcase their talents, leaving a lasting impact on various sectors. Before the awards ceremony, Rwanda hosted a festival featuring diverse elements, including fashion brands, visual artists, culinary entrepreneurs, and more, enriching the overall experience.